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Stories about Kazakh

3 August 2018

No Shame: How an online initiative in Kazakhstan is helping youth protect their sexual health

The Bridge

UyatEmes.kz is out to tackle the stigma that surrounds sex education in the former Soviet republic.

30 January 2018

Meet ‘Uyatman’, the Kazakh Superhero out to Stop Women Behaving Indecently

"Uyat in Kazakhstan...can be creative and destructive. In the first instance, it is to educate children. In the latter, it is about harassment and aggression."

4 November 2017

How Does Your Name Look According to Kazakhstan's New Latin Alphabet?

Don't be surprised if it is covered in apostrophes.

17 September 2017

Exploring Identities: Kazakhstan's Planned Shift to the Latin Alphabet

"Arguments against the adoption of Latin are inherently grounded in imperial Russian or Soviet ideology."

28 May 2017

Lost in Translation in Central Asia: My Tokol's Car Is a Toyota

A Kyrgyz or Kazakh man's 'younger wife' is like 'a cow without horns'. She suffers social stigma and enjoys few rights.

20 December 2016

Kazakh TV Channel Famed for Fake News in Hot Water after Fake Interview

The interview with a self-promoting Kazakh news presenter that never happened was quickly disowned by the purported interviewer.

16 December 2016

Social Media Sites Blocked in Kazakhstan on 25th Anniversary of Independence

RuNet Echo

Activists reported that Facebook, YouTube, and other social media websites were inaccessible in Kazakhstan on Friday, the 25th anniversary of the country's independence from the Soviet Union.

17 April 2016

If Kazakhstan Made Valentine's Day Cards…

The cards mark Kazakhstan's National Day of Lovers on April 15, created by the government as an alternative to the Western celebration.

16 March 2016

All Holds Barred in Cage ‘Fight’ Between Two Kazakhs

Blood is thicker than water, and more important than prize money.

29 August 2015

Google's Optical Character Recognition Software Now Works with All South Asian Languages

Rising Voices

Google's OCR software supports more than 248 world languages, including all the major South Asian languages, bringing together hope for the large-scale digitization of old texts.

25 November 2014

Kazakh Authorities Censor Videos of Children in ISIS Training Camps

Videos of Kazakh children in ISIS training camps have gone viral. Now the government is engaged in a futile damage limitation exercise.

19 February 2014

The President That Could Not Stand His “Stan”

As far as countries go, "stan" is something of a bad brand. PR-sensitive Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev is suggesting it could be time for a change to his country's name.

14 February 2014

Kazakhstan Gets Its First Medal in Sochi

Kazakhstan's Denis Ten finished third in men's figure skating tonight, bringing the country its first-ever Olympic medal in this sport.

28 November 2013

VIDEO: Kazakh Students Sing Love Songs for President

After a massive rally in which some 3,000 students expressed their love for Kazakhstan's president, netizens compare the country to North Korea.

24 October 2013

Central Asia's Presidents: Political Stalwarts and Musical Softies

Some presidents in Central Asian countries sing, dance, and play musical instruments. When they fail to impress their populations, however, people sing against them.

3 October 2012

Italian Singer Encourages Kazakhs to Speak Mother Tongue

Son Pascal, an Italian singer and songwriter, has become a celebrity in Kazakhstan by passionately encouraging Kazakhs to speak their mother tongue. In a brief interview with Global Voices Online,...

22 August 2012

Kazakhstan: Trial of Opposition Leaders Draws Pussy Riot Comparisons

“A Pussy Riot of our own” is how Kazakhstani netizens are referring to the judicial drama involving three opposition leaders accused of active participation in the Zhanaozen oil-strike that turned...

9 August 2012

Kazakhstan: ‘Imported’ Olympic Champions Cause Controversy

Two of the six gold medals bagged by Kazakhstan at the London Olympics were claimed by Chinese-born female weightlifters. The success of the "imported" athletes has caused a lot of...

4 January 2011

Kazakhstan: Bloggers discuss religion

Because Kazakhstan does not have a clear religious policy, it has become the norm that everyone is entitled to his or her own perspective on faith. As it was twenty...

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